#MeToo x NYFW18

A macabre, angelic model led a troupe of glamorous fellow models around the runway, alluding to the similar traumas each shared, and the true spirit behind the event: #METOO Fashion Show. Attendees were advised to expect a show vastly different from what one would typically experience at other fashion shows part of the official New York Fashion Week '18 schedule. But from the time my friend, Wendy, forwarded me the invitation to this show, each of us felt a bit anxious as to what would lie ahead on the runway.

The beauty of this fashion show was the bravery and strength of each woman - the garments they wore came in secondary, unlike most other NYFW shows. After walking the runway, each woman took a second turn down the catwalk, handcuffed to a man wearing a pig mask. Lined up in single file, each model took the microphone and shared her story of sexual abuse. A horrific range of traumas were recounted, but with each story shared, layers of shame were shed. Power was building in the room, as each woman unlocked herself from her "pig." It is exciting to think how power is spreading across the U.S. (now in the U.K.), encouraging women to be courageous by saying #TIMESUP for sexual harassment, assault, or abuse, either for themselves or on behalf of others.

Here are some moments from the show!

XO Lauren

Lauren A. Oosterlinck, Copyright 2018

Must See in NYC/Just in Time for Halloween!

Beware of the "demon barber of Fleet Street" - SWEENEY TODD is slicing not only hot pies in the West Village, now through February 28th, 2018 at the Barrow Street Theatre. I had not seen Sweeney Todd live before, only since Johnny Depp and Helena Bonham Carter starred as the gruesome twosome on the silver screen 10 years ago (has it really been that long?? ;)). As much as I love both actors in that rendition, I have to say that this new Off-Broadway theatrical version at Barrow Street blew me and Ben away! 

This isn't your typical musical. The theatre at Barrow Street has been completely converted into a replica of famous London pie & mash shop, Harringtons - giving the immersive musical some extra authentic flavor. Yes, the show is immersive - and that is all I am going to say. :) Prior to each show, chef Bill Yosses (former White House executive Pastry Chef - now owner of Perfect Pie, LIC) serves guests special meat or veggie pie & mash up to 30 minutes prior to showtime. Note, you must order tickets *including pre-show pie & mash (with a drink) in order to partake - but I urge you to do so, because they are delish (Yosses used to serve the president!) and having pie makes the experience that much more a riot.

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Pies by Bill Yosses!

It's pretty exciting to be served by an ex-presidential chef, imho! The pies are yummy and the pie shop doubles as the shows set! Go for both, thank me later. Sorry - no eels. :)

I went for the meat (chicken - not human ;)) pie - and included the option of a wine, beer, water. I went for vino, of course - that was also good!

MORE HOT PIES! Did I mention how incredible this show is?! If you can be in NYC anytime between now and the end of February, GO SEE THIS SHOW! ** There's a daily ticket lottery, BTW** It is a creepy and wonderful joy (opposites attract), and it could also make for a really great date - bonus, for Halloween or Valentines.

K. Now onto What I Wore - I love to dress for a theme, you know. ;)

In the "Harringtons," the Sweeney set, where we dined before the show.

In honor of the show and Halloween, I styled myself in a dark, edgy, steam-punk way.

CLOTHES + ACCESSORIES:

  1. Blouse - Nasty Gal - no one can beat their styles and prices right now
  2. Black harness strappy bralette - F21 - hands-down best shop price/value for this trend
  3. Skinny leather pant - Rag+Bone
  4. Magic mermaid clutch/pouch - Style Lab by way of Paper Source
  5. Boots - SHEIN 

FACE:

  1. Eyeshadow - Top lids used Urban Decay Moondust Palette - Galaxy shade; Red bottom winged outer corners used NYX Ultimate Shadow Palette Brights - Red eyeshadow; Inner corners used Sephora Collection Colorful Shadow & Liner (jumbo) - #18 Silver Glitter.
  2. Cheek color - Mary Kay limited edition Baked Cheek Powder in Kind Heart - it is a blush + highlighter - proceeds benefit women's shelters and those effected by domestic abuse.
  3. Highlighter (just to mix it up ;)) TrèStiQ Perfect Multipurpose Highlight Stick.
  4. Lipstick - MAC - Stone

What are you being for Halloween, BTW? As always, I love to read and respond to your comments. Thanks for stopping in!

XO Lauren

All photos by Lauren A. Oosterlinck + Ben Edwards ©2017 ShesLaurenAshley

Tutorial Tuesday: Alt Wingtip

Welcome to this week's make-up tutorial, beauty addicts! 
This tutorial is a twist on a basic wingtip liner look. It is a simple look with your favorite liquid eyeliner - but can really make your eyes pop.

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A quick, bold look.

Minimal products needed...

What's on my face?
1. Mary Kay Cosmetics Eye Primer
2. Mary Kay @ Play Baked Trio eyeshadow in Purple Eclipse (pale pink shade only)
3. Ardency Inn Modster Smooth Ride Supercharged Eyeliner in Turquoise

I hope you enjoy this video - thank you so much for tuning in!

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Let me know what you think in the comments below - I gladly reply! If you have any make-up looks you would like me to try in the future, or any glamour questions, let me know.

Thanks for tuning in!
XO Lauren

Tutorial Tuesday: Inverted Popping Purple Eyes.

Welcome back, ya'll!

For this week's #TutorialTuesday, I was inspired to do a make-up tutorial recreating an inverted popping purple eyeshadow look. You can do this look with any color, but I think it makes for a vibrant spring/summer make-up combination to add a bright cherry red lipstick.

What's on my face (pictured below):

  1. NYX Ultimate Shadow Palette Brights using ×2 shades of purple: a soft violet and a deeper, bright almost neon purple shade (neither have names).
  2. MAC eyeshadow in Plum Dressing
  3. Bare Minerals Marvelous Moxie Lipstick in Light it Up

Option 1 for the final look - if you prefer to go with a bare lip, and let your eyes do all the talking.

The FINAL, final look (with "moxie" red lippie :)).

This look definitely gives you some moxie, either way you choose. What do you think?
Thanks for watching!

I hope you enjoy this look! Please comment below, and "Like" and follow me on Youtube.
Xo Lauren